"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Our Wednesday and Friday School teachers are dedicated to teaching your kids every week.
Get to know them!
Get to know them!
Beverly Wolterbeek has been teaching instrumental music for 29 years. She graduated from CSU Northridge with a performance major on oboe. As a public school teacher, she has taken her middle school bands and orchestras across the country winning major festival competitions. Beverly was Music Program Coordinator for the San Gabriel Unified School District, has been a guest lecturer at CSULA, and has also coached with PYSO. Her current mission and passion is bringing instrumental music ensembles to the homeschool community. Her husband and daughters also enjoy playing music, and wild Irish fiddle music can sometimes be heard wafting from their house!
Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Real Estate & Law at Cal Poly Pomona and a Juris Doctorate from University of Denver College of Law.
Married to Anthony for 25 years, Lisa homeschools their sons Matthew and Eric. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Lisa is grateful for the Lord's calling to homeschool and to teach in the homeschooling community. She teaches government and economics, a natural application of her finance and law background.
I have taught Speech and the Bible for 13 years. Have studied 5+ Speech courses. Have a passion for building confidence and wholeness in students' lives as well as creating a desire and boldness in the student to stand for Biblical truth.
The first thing you should know about Renee is that she loves Jesus with all her heart. She received her teaching credential from Cal State Sacramento after getting her B.S. in Plant Biology from UC Davis. Her plant biology degree focused on children's gardening and a year-long internship at the UC Davis Children's Garden. After teaching the children of missionaries for a year overseas, Renee taught in the California public school system for 12 years. At that point she decided to stay home with her two boys. She is so blessed by Jesus to be able to fulfill her dream of homeschooling them.
I am a mother of eight children (now adults) and have had the privilege of teaching them all. I have been totally blessed with 13 grandchildren, with another one on the way. The IEW writing program is a great, wonderful, and fun way to learn how to write with structure and style. I have been on the "homeschool mom" side of working with my kids taking this class for quite a few years. The tools given them have improved their writing skills and my writing skills, too. Students will be amazed at the final drafts of their assignments. They will ask, "Did I really write this?" I look forward to meeting you when and if you join my class.
Felisa Chan is a mother of four and she has been homeschooling for six years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks University. Felisa was an early childhood and development teacher for more than 10 years and a college mentor for a Child Development Laboratory school for three years. She practiced art with young children in her curriculum, and now she practices art as a hobby. Today, Felisa homeschools three of her four children and operates an in-home family childcare with backyard art classes. She also enjoys baking, cooking, scrapbooking and currently gardening.
Hello! Blessings to you all! My name is Lara Stremel. I praise and give thanks to God for his marvelous works; which my soul knows very well! For I am fearfully and wonderfully made! I am God‘s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared ahead of time for me to walk in. In everything that God has done in my life there is value and purpose, a strengthening and an equipping, to draw nearer to God and attract others to the saving grace and love of Jesus. I have been so blessed to have opportunity to share Christ with others throughout many different areas and seasons of my life. But for now, I’ll share the most specific area, in particular to where God has called me to within FFCA, “Games & Movement”. For as long as I could walk, I’ve been involved in, and have loved and played sports. Btw soccer is my favorite :) I’ve coached and assistant coached, with my husband, around 17 sports teams and still counting, phew! My husband and I, were involved in Children’s Sports Ministry for 12+ years, where we were more recently led into overseeing leadership of the Sports Ministry, as the Sports Directors. As of now though, God has drawn us into a deep intimate time of family union and bonding relationships with our five children; nurturing, training, and teaching Gods foundational truths through the richness and joy of homeschooling. This will be our third-year homeschooling and we’re looking forward to every bit of it! I’m so excited to teach, share, connect, and be a part of the precious lives of your children :) I pray with a hope and an expectant anticipation, that we would all discover and treasure Jesus in new and defined ways, taking pleasure and joy in the small intricate details set before us throughout this season of our lives, and that we would be strengthened and grow in God's truths and in the love of Jesus!
Cath Howarth - Being able to homeschool her three children was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of being a teacher. As an elementary student, she would gather the younger students on the playground and read them stories during recess. Later after receiving her BA in Biblical Studies, she married and did not pursue her goal of becoming a teacher until she enrolled in the Sonrise Christian Homeschooling program through which she was able to teach her now-grown children from kindergarten through eighth grade. For the past 20 years, she has worked at Temple City Education Center as a tutor and writing instructor. It brings her great joy to assist with the homeschooling of her grandchildren and to continue her connection with Firm Foundation Christian Academy by teaching writing for the Friday School program.
My name is Irma Salcido. I am forever grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ, I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I was educated in Mexico and moved here several decades ago. I have been teaching children of all ages for many years. I specially love to teach Spanish. I enjoy quiet evenings with my husband.
Thank you for the privilege to teach your children!
Chris Saenz has a Master’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He has 15+ years of experience teaching students of all ages in subjects like Bible, Theology, Church History, Philosophy, and Apologetics. The Firm Foundation community is a major priority for him, and his desire is to bring Christian thinking and living to the community in any way that will bring benefit.
For more information on any current or future classes, or any other way he can benefit the community, you can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His thoughtful perspective on Christianity and culture is currently on display at his blog: www.PostChristianEra.com
Christie Chong has been playing piano, competing, and performing since age 5. In college, she was a member of the award-winning a cappella group, The Harvard Opportunes, as well as the Kuumba Singers (gospel choir). She has been serving in music ministry ever since she was a teen, and later started and directed 2 adult gospel choir ministries at churches in Boston and Los Angeles. While in Boston, she attended the Berklee College of Music for two years, where she studied Voice as well as Contemporary Writing and Production. Moving to Los Angeles, she worked in film scoring, producing, and vocal recording for the film & music industry, eventually recording and producing her own album of original praise songs. Christie has been married for about 15 years now, and is the mother of 3 girls currently attending FFCA. She has been homeschooling for 7 years and is passionate about teaching kids and inspiring them to use their gifts of music to glorify God!
Christina graduated from Cal State University of Los Angeles with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. She continued to earn her Master's degree in Educational Counseling at the University of La Verne. She has worked in the field of education for almost 20 years as an instructional assistant, a teacher, and a substitute teacher. She currently serves alongside her husband Robert of 17 years at their church in the Children's and Junior High ministries. Christina has homeschooled their three children for six years and lives by 3 John 1:4: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
She looks forward to pouring this truth of God's Word and sharing her passion for history with her students at Firm Foundation.
Jennifer Villasenor earned her B.A. in English Literature and her teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University. She taught 7th and 8th grade ELA and Social Studies in Rialto for two years, and then began teaching high school English Literature at West Covina High School. She had the privilege of teaching all grade levels, including AP English Literature. By far, her favorite type of literature is British, and she is quite partial to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She felt led to homeschool her children when her oldest was only two years old. As a result, she “retired” from the public school and really learned about education as a homeschooler. This journey brought her to Firm Foundation Christian Academy. Her family has been a part of FFCA since 2010.
I am an art lover through and through. A proud veterans wife and mother of 4 amazing brave and wild kids. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Liberal Studies degree concentrating in English, Art and Special
Education. I was a private tutor for five years and a remedial teacher for two. I’ve been homeschooling for over 10 years, which has proven to be the greatest decision we have ever made for our family. I was a proud assistant facility manager at Bithiah’s House for over two years and am currently a Trauma Informed Care/Classroom advocate and trainer for Bithiah’s Family Services. Proud believer in neurodiversity and in meeting a child exactly where they are. I adore my pups, chickens, cats, wild garden and messy imperfect life. My laundry is never finished, there will
always be dishes in the sink, and fidgets and sensory toys out at all times. I love bacon, In-n-Out, coffee and Knott’s Berry Farm. In reality I’m simply just a mom, leaning on Jesus everyday.
Hello! My name is Liz Gomez. I have four fantastic kiddos that I homeschool and an amazing husband. I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Master’s Degree in Education. Go Cougars! I taught public school for Azusa Unified School District before staying home full time to raise my kiddos and homeschool them. I love teaching and am honored to be able to serve in this role here at Firm Foundation Christian Academy.
Celeste earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Interior Architecture, from Woodbury University in 2006. For 12 years she worked with architect Richard F. McCann, growing a firm that specialized in performing arts theaters.
After marriage and the arrival of her children, Celeste's focus turned to service in both her church and community. Service in church includes the Children's Ministry with Vacation Bible School and participation in the music ministry's yearly Christmas choir program. Celeste currently sits on the Claremont AYSO Regional Board as the U6 Divisional Commissioner for the girls soccer program. She has also been a soccer coach going on 3 years, coaching her children's teams each season.
Celeste is excited for her third year of homeschooling with her children, and thrilled to be included in the talented Firm Foundation team of educators. Teaching is a door God opened unexpectedly, and because of her obedience to His will, she has been tremendously blessed by it.
If Celeste isn't singing with the children in class or at recess, she's teaching them how to hula-hoop or jump rope. Every day with children is a beautiful adventure.
Hi, my name is Tracy Lima, and I have actually never been on a stage! However, I have found a love for musical theater through my talented kiddos, and have learned so much watching them take lessons, rehearse, (and rehearse, and rehearse....) and of course, perform MANY shows. I live in Arcadia with my husband Jim, my son Ezra, who will be in his first full year of college this year, and my daughter Avery, who will be a junior in high school. Looking forward to hanging out with my fun theater friends, and meeting new ones!
Hi , I’m Young! I’ve always had a passion for art and have been drawing since I was young (no pun intended). It’s a gift the Lord has given me to glorify Him. If you are wondering what I have done, my seasoned creative experience includes being a background artist for Cartoon Network Studios, freelancing for other animation shows, working in post production for film at universal studios, as well as providing creative art direction for advertisement at Honda’s Corporate ad agency. I also enjoy teaching kids art and watching them refine their skill sets. The way I teach is directly related to how the studios would do their artwork and how I learned art at the Art Institute. Thus imparting the years of working knowledge to the students to refine their art skills and interest.